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Are Window Cleaning Drones the Future?

Technology has been pretty constantly changing for several decades now. The technology of window cleaning was bound to change. Some things are as old as time and will never change; you need water and a cleaning solution to effectively clean a window. However, the nature of those cleaning solutions changes as does the way it is delivered. There are delivery systems available now that we’re not even thought of ten years ago. One of the most significant is the window cleaning drone.


What Are They?

 There are two basic kinds of window cleaning drones that have emerged on the market in recent years. One type of drone has a cleaning solution and a squeegee on the drone. A pilot flies it up to each window, applies the cleaner and then cleans it off. These types of drones are popular in the imagination but they’re still not more efficient than a talented window cleaner. It is very difficult to apply with a drone the horizontal force needed to effectively clean a window.

The other type of drone is one that assists a human window washer. They’re especially useful for window cleaners who are abseiling, also known as rappelling. When you are on a ladder, a scaffold, or your rappelling, you’re very limited in what you can carry with you. That’s where a drone becomes very useful.

If you have someone on the ground who can fly cleaning supplies up to you while you’re on the side of a building, you can save a lot of time and effort that would be spent getting up and down off the building.


Who Uses Them?

 Window cleaning drones are becoming more popular and you might find one at a local window cleaning company. The companies that have window cleaning drones are still working out the most efficient ways to utilize this technology.

Also, smaller operations have begun to rely on this technology. As with many advances, the first adopters are smaller companies that are attempting to even a lopsided playing field. If your company only has a few employees, you can’t match the large crews of big companies. However, you can use work multipliers such as drones.

Drones can also be something of an advertising ploy; in fact, that might be their greatest benefit for a window cleaning company. Drones are popular with just about everyone; they’re popular as toys as well as tools and even military weapons. So, if you are running a company that utilizes drones, many customers will choose you just to see how well it performs.

Abseiling Is the Hot New Trend in Window Cleaning

There are several different ways to wash windows. One of the most common ways is to build scaffolding and allow the washers to stand on the scaffolding. They work their way up the building as they clean the windows. You can also use ladders. Ladders pose certain risks though. You can’t easily work side to side with a  ladder since they pose a danger of tipping over. So the window washer would need to climb down the ladder, move it over, and then climb back up. You’re also greatly limited for height with a ladder. There is a new trend that has emerged with window cleaning companies that has become very popular. That trend is abseiling.


What Is Abseiling?

 In the United States, abseiling is often known as rappelling. It is the process of descending a cliff, rock, or building face with a double-looped rope. The rope is affixed at the top of the structure. The window cleaner then wraps the rope around themselves, secures it to a harness and descends the building. Abseiling, or rappelling, has become one of the hottest trends in window washing because it is efficient and simple.

A scaffolding system requires complex building and a lot of space on the ground as well as on the side of the building. A cherry picker is very expensive and requires a lot of space. It also requires a lift operator as well as a window washer. Lowering a bucket from the roof is more efficient but it is still far more equipment; also, the bucket would have to be lifted from the ground which would require pulleys.

Abseiling window washers can move side to side easily. They can go up and down the building. They can wash a wide radius of the building without ever having to move their anchor points.


What Are the Benefits?

The benefits for the window cleaners are simple. They are able to quickly set up and begin washing your windows. They can use fewer washers with far less equipment. They’ll save time and money. The benefits for the customer are simple as well. There is far less disruption of your business while you’re having your windows washed. A few guys on the side of a building should not disrupt the flow of business. Also, it is quicker and less expensive for the company which means they can pass those savings on to you. It’s a great option for everyone.